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Intellectual Property Rights provide legal recognition and protection to innovation and artistic work in its many forms—patents, copyrights, trademarks, designs, geographical indications, so on and so forth. Intellectual Property has both national and international dimensions. While the national dimension provides legal recognition and protection to IP, the international dimension lays down some minimum rights and provides for enforcement of IP in contracting States. The significance of the international conventions lies in recognising and giving national treatment to foreign IP. Without international conventions and cooperation between countries, inventors and IP holders would be apprehensive to showcase their work on international platforms. This module brings you the salient features of the international conventions that have significantly contributed to the development of Intellectual Property in the global trade environment. It helps you understand the influence of each Convention on particular forms of IP, like the Berne Convention for copyrights, the Madrid Convention relating to trademarks, etc. You will also appreciate the role of TRIPS Agreement, that came as an international attempt to lay standards for all forms of IP simultaneously.
The most important thing about intellectual property vs. creative expression is that copyright law was created not to stifle creativity but to encourage creativity.Shepard Fairey
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
IP has gained significant recognition in the global trade environment. The study of International IP Regime gains a lot of academic relevance, that sets forth the framework for the modern global system. The learning objectives of the course are:
- To understand the salient features of important International IP conventions.
- To analyse the contribution of the IP Conventions in laying down international standards and uniformity in laws, to promote global trade.
- To appreciate the significance of the Conventions in IP enforcement in contracting States. The course is helpful for law students, academicians and IP lawyers to understand and appreciate the way in which the Conventions have contributed to bringing national treatment of IP, setting standards for legal protection and its enforcement and henceforth shaping the IP laws at national levels.
Dr Pratima Narayan
Dr Pratima Narayan is an Advocate, mediator and Founder Partner of Techlawlogi Consulting LLP, a law firm based out of Bengaluru. She is an Editor and Consultant at EBC Learning. She has offered courses on Consumer law, Arbitration, Ecommerce, Contract law and corporate law on the platform. She has authored a book on “Electronic Commerce: Legal compliance”, published by Eastern Book Company. The book comprehensively outlines the various legal and regulatory frameworks and compliance for e-commerce players. Dr Pratima has served the legal academia for over two decades as a visiting faculty at various reputed law schools and business schools. Dr Pratima holds a doctorate in law from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.
If a man is keeping an idea to himself, and that idea is taken by stealth or trickery, I say it is stealing. But once a man has revealed his idea to others, it is no longer his alone. It belongs to the world.Linda Sue Park
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